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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 12:55

What's On Newsletter 23 October 2018

This week the theme is creative opportunities. Visual art, sculpture, music and scholarships, the opportunities are out there. Don't let these opportunities pass you by, get your applications in because you never know where they may take you. 

EVENT: LAST CHANCE! New Zealand String Quartet at Huria Marae


When: 24th October - two performances: 2pm & 6:30pm (doors open 1 hr prior to performance)
Where: Huria Marae - Judea, Tauranga

Join us at Huria Marae, Judea, for a special FREE concert, performed by the New Zealand String Quartet.

Koha collected on entry to go towards the NZ War Memorial Museum project.

Doors open 1 hour before concert commencement, with a mihi and introduction to start the performance.

With special thanks to the generous funding sponsors Farmer Autovillage, TECT, Legacy Trust, Holland Beckett Lawyers, Pascoes, Whitcoulls, Farmers, Tauriko Business Estate and Metro Marketing who have committed to funding WW100 events in Tauranga.

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OPPORTUNITY: Call for Artists - Red Bull Fresh Produce - Straight From The Studio

Apply now to be part of “Red Bull Fresh Produce - Straight From The Studio” a weekend only market style exhibition on November 24 -25, 2018. 

A joint effort between Red Bull NZ, Shea O’Neill ( and Ross Liew (Cut Collective), they will present an impressive survey of work by over 100 artists within the Red Bull NZ HQ in Grey Lynn, Auckland. It’s a massive space and they have been given free reign to fill it. The more work the better, so clear out your studio and apply now!!

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OPPORTUNITY: Splore Festival - Art Projects - Expressions of Interest

Apply now to be part of the SPLORE Visual Arts Programme. 

This year the theme is CELEBRATE! 
Celebrate yourself! Celebrate friendship! Celebrate love, diversity, whanau and freedom! Celebrate your body! Celebrate tēnei whenua! Celebrate kindness, mother nature & sunshine! Celebrate everyday! Celebrate Splore!  W

Of particular interest are works of scale, ideas that respond to site, provoke interaction and are inherently ambitious or aspirational.

They invite artists, designers, filmmakers, architects, performing artists and creatives to bring their talents to bear on a project to present within Splore.

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OPPORTUNITY: 4 Plinths 7 Sculpture Award - Forecourt of Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, Wellington. 

Submissions due 2 November 2018

This call for submissions is to facilitate the selection of the seventh commission, to be installed in February 2020. The selected artist will receive an award of $40,000 to produce a new work for the site. Through the quality of the artworks installed in previous rounds, the growing awareness and reputation of the project, and the prominence of the site which is one of the most visited in New Zealand, this project provides a prestigious opportunity for established and emerging artists alike.

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OPPORTUNITY: Massey University Announces six $10,000 Māori and Pacific Creative Arts Research Study Awards

Applications close 3 December 2018

The College of Creative Arts at Massey University is offering six $10,000 study awards for Māori and Pacific designers and artists to begin a postgraduate masters qualification in design, fine arts or Māori visual arts in 2019. 

The College, based on the Wellington campus, is committed to supporting the academic excellence of Māori and Pacific students and creating a learning environment where their advancement is supported. 

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OPPORTUNITY: Molly Morpeth Canaday Award - Painting and Drawing 2019

Get creating creatives it's Molly Morpeth Canaday Award time again. Their vision is to encourage and celebrate the development of painting and drawing on a national level and reward artists who create outstanding works. 

This non-acquisitive award is highly regarded and dedicated to excellence across contemporary and traditional painting genres. The Award has developed over 28 years and sits credibly within the New Zealand arts community.

Entries open : 1st August 2018
Entries close : 1st December 2018
Exhibition opens : 16 February 2019

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OPPORTUNITY: THE Incubator Xmas Boxes Project

When: Saturday 3 November from 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Incubator Creative Hub, Historic Village, Tauranga 

The Incubator Creative Hub team would like to invite confident artists to join them for a collective painting project.

We are sprucing up the tired old Christmas presents that were used in the past to decorate the CBD.

This is a paid opportunity for creatives and requires artists to register prior to the date. 

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OPPORTUNITY: Rising Star Competition 2019 

Applications Open

One of Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s objectives is to encourage young musicians - both in playing instruments and appreciating orchestral music. The community orchestra does this by dedicating one of their concerts each year to ‘youth music’. In alternate years the Symphonia traditionally performs a concert programme designed with youngsters in mind, or runs a ‘Rising Stars’ competition for secondary school level students.

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UPSKILL: Governance Workshop 

When: Saturday 17th November 2018. 9.30am - 4pm
Where: Tauranga Coastguard, Sulphur Point Marina, Tauranga

Good Governance has always been important for community organisations, but with increased health and safety liabilities, continual competition for funding, new reporting requirements and stricter accountability across the board, ensuring your organisation can demonstrate good Governance is now more important than ever.

To register or for more information: Email  

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EVENT: Garden & Arts Festival Excitement!

When: 15 - 18 November 2018
Where: Katikati to Tepuke (Blooms in the Bay at Historic Village)

The team at Creative BOP are incredibly excited about the upcoming Garden & Arts Festival. We went along and spoke to Marc who has been organising what is set to be a spectacular 4 days. Make sure you get your tickets. It's just $35 for a one-day festival pass or $65 for a four-day pass! We can't wait! 

- Garden and Art Trail - Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th November 2018. 
70 Beautiful gardens and more than 50 magnificent artist

- Blooms In The Bay - Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th November 2018. 
Explore the festivities of the Garden & Art Festival at the Historic Village
Free workshops and speaker series, taste some delicious cuisine from the tasty food trucks, relax at the Mills Reef and Good George wine bar, listen to live music, view outstanding concept gardens, spoil the young ones at the kids zone,

- Long Lunch - Sunday 18th November, 12pm at Mills Reef Winery Tauranga
Hosted by Hon Maggie Barry and featuring special guest Ruud Kleinpaste (The Bug Man). Get ready for an entertaining long lunch full of laughter, great company and delicious cuisine.

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UPSKILL: Reaching a wider audience

We can no longer ignore it, there is a paradigm shift in the way people engage, interact and purchase visual art. Social media and online platforms such as, and let's not forget have changed the playing field. Take a minute to watch this video about a gallery who is embracing these new platforms to reach a wider audience. 

Gallery Spotlight

EVENT: New Gallery Opening

Sumer's inaugural exhibition - Fiona Pardington

When: 27 October – 24 November
Where: Sumer Contemporary Art - Waihirere Lane
(runs parallel with Willow Street, between Spring & Wharf St) Tauranga CBD

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EVENT: Madagascar - 3 November & 4 November 2018

When: 3 November 2PM & 7PM - 4 November 2018 2PM
Where: Baycourt Theatre

Talented students of STEPS Performing Arts will delight audiences of all ages with their production and invite you to escape to “Central Park Zoo” and join them on a transatlantic musical adventure.

As with previous productions of STEPS they will be supporting ‘HOMES of HOPE’ and sponsor vulnerable children to come and watch a performance, which gives the children access and an opportunity to watch a musical.

Collect your colouring competition to win x2 tickets from Tauranga & Greerton Library, Baycourt Theatre, Spongedrop Café in the Mount and Clever Kids on Grey Street.  

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GIVEAWAY: 2 Tickets to Miscellany 

When: 11 November from 14:30-16:30
Where: Baycourt Community & Arts Centre

There’s something for everyone in Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s final concert of 2018 at Baycourt. Music ranging from late 18th century classical up to the 1920s encompasses a miscellany of styles and sounds, and features wonderful flute soloist, Bridget Douglas.

Go into the draw to win 2 tickets to the show by replying to this email with your name and the name of the person you would like take with you. 

Winner drawn Wednesday 31 October. 

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READ ALL ABOUT IT: Local Arts & Culture Stories Making Headlines This Week

Record-breaking turn out for busking festival - 
A large number of buskers turned out at this year’s Mount Busking Festival held over Labour Weekend.
Read article 

Mountain Film fest returns -
The Mountain Film Festival is heading back to Tauranga to showcase a host of adventure-based short films.Held at the Graham Young Youth Centre, on Wednesday, October 24, the festival will show some of the best mountain films from New Zealand and around the world.
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Christmas is coming – and so are the Topp Twins! - 
In just seven weeks’ time, we are proud to be hosting iconic Kiwis Jools and Linda Topp at our Christmas Extravaganza show on the Rotunda on Greerton Village School grounds.
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Marking forty years of musical magic -
Tauranga Organ and Keyboard Society has marked 40 years of music, fun and entertainment with a special function at Carmel Country Estate at Ohauiti.
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A journey of visions - 
Elizabeth Grainger’s natural flair for visionary art came to her in a lucid dream.
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Hall of Fame rocker to play in Tauranga - 
The latest artist to announce a show in Tauranga is making rock fans’ dreams come true.
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EVENTS: So many events coming up. See For Yourself...

WORKSHOPS: No more excuses. The opportunities are there. Grab them!

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